BJP chief Amit Shah slams opposition for criticising demonetisation

Describing the decision of demonetisation as an epoch-making moment in the government’s fight against black money, Shah appealed to people to bear the inconvenience of a few days in the interest of the nation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 12, 2016 2:20 am
Amit Shah, uttar pradesh, UP BJP, BJP, Uttar Pradesh, Bundelkhand amit shah, Samajwadi Party, SP UP, akhilesh yadav, mulayam singh, india news BJP National President Amit Shah (Source: PTI Photo)

BJP president Amit Shah on Friday hit out at political leaders critical of the move to demonetise high-value currency notes, “appealing” to them not to join the ranks of black marketeers, drug dealers and perpetrators of fake note rackets.

While Shah targeted BSP chief Mayawati, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, asking them to clarify their position on black money, he appeared to be a tad soft on Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee.

In reply to a question on Banerjee’s statement that the demonetisation would cause inconvenience to the poor, he said: “Only Mamataji can make such a statement; but the BSP does seem to have become poorer. It may be economic emergency for the BSP.”

Responding to another question on the West Bengal CM, he said: “I know she has opposed it and I am not aware what her problem is, but I would appeal to politicians not to join the ranks of black marketeers, hawala operators and drug dealers who are the only ones upset by this move.”

Describing the decision of demonetisation as an epoch-making moment in the government’s fight against black money, Shah appealed to people to bear the inconvenience of a few days in the interest of the nation. “I can understand the reactions of hawala operators, people involved in drug trade or hoarding black money, but I must say the reactions of the political class have taken me by surprise. I want to ask Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi, if politics is being cleansed, all political parties should be happy, taking black money out of the economy should not hurt them. You should make your stand clear — whether you are for or against black money, are you for or against hawala, are you for or against terror funded by fake currency and are you for or against black marketeers? People should ask them these questions. Parties should fight elections on this issue,” the BJP president said.

He appealed to the common man to bear with the government during the transition. “Honest tax payers have welcomed the decision and no honest tax payer should be scared. Small traders, farmers, housewives, all were kept in mind by the government while taking this decision and the inconvenience of a few days will only make the economy stronger, stem inflation,” he added.

Nobody, he said, had knowledge of the move beforehand except for constitutional and administrative functionaries. “The BJP has no illegal money, we file our returns regularly with the Election Commission and the income tax department,” he added.

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  1. S
    Nov 12, 2016 at 3:49 am
    I hope Chi Modiji demonetizes 500$ and 1000$ notes in India and also gold. Many who were informed by DDCA CRIMINAL ARUN JOOT-LIE AND HIS CRONIES that this is coming, bought tonnes of gold. All brahmins were secretly informed and they were the most beneficiaries.
    1. T
      Nov 12, 2016 at 5:53 am
      When a criminal like him sits in a big post, he will do every nonsense to win election.
      1. M
        Nov 12, 2016 at 3:28 am
        “The BJP has no illegal money, we file our returns regularly with the Election Commission and the income tax department,” a Jumla by a party president which transfers hard cash of 3 crores by road from Delhi to Lucknow in the name of urgency instead of using banking channels NEFT,RTGS.
        1. A
          ashok s
          Nov 12, 2016 at 12:46 am
          It was suppose to tackle terrorism, and black money but the scheme has back fired . it has made poor netizens suffer the most. A Muslims in Mira road are having extended family so they have deposited capped value in each family members account , can RBI or agencies verify my claim and investigate the matter asap. Please cut the logistics of money transportation
          1. H
            Nov 12, 2016 at 1:06 am
            If one were to watch a debate on the Decision of the PM to do away with 500 and 1000 bucks it will prove beyond doubt about why we are a 3 rd;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Opposition is Intellectually;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Has anyone in Opposition asked why and how did the WB Unit of the BJP deposit huge amounts of cash into the Party account between Oct 20th and November;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If the Party is willing to make Public all Bank deposits made before November 8th by its State;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Instead they are raising the Boogie of Common Man standing in Que to get a few;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Its time all Big Wigs in the ruling Party for the sake of transparency make Public bank deposits in cash made in the run up to November;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Instead the gullible honest Indian Tax Payer is sold a farce that it will clean up the system.
            1. J
              Nov 12, 2016 at 2:00 am
              I support the BJP fully in de monetisation. However I do not support the way they are going about it. The BJP has not done anything in the last 2 years. Now they are panicking and taking desperate measures. lt;br/gt;It is unlikely they will win the elections in UP. More so;br/gt;The poor dont care about black money. They worry about their next meal ticket , most of which is paid by crroked employers
              1. N
                Nov 12, 2016 at 2:07 am
                Mr Shah seems upset by the Opposition reactions. But any Opposition is bound to take advantage of discontent among a segment of the people. There is no Golden Rule that they have to support even progressive moves by a Govt. For example, the excellent MNREGA scheme of the UPA was criticised day and night by Modi when he was CM of Gujarat. The same happened to the Aadhar scheme and direct benefits transfers. When he came to power , Mr Modi had to eat humble pie and support both Aadhar and MNREGA. In the US, the Republicans trashed every progressive scheme of Obama''s. The same principle applies to the Congress now. If they can take advantage of some people''s unhappiness with the demonetization, why not ? They are justified in doing that and gain traction in coming elections.That''s how democracy works.
                1. P
                  Nov 12, 2016 at 5:25 am
                  Some people criticise any good action of the Government just for the sake of criticism. And of course, some chaps understand the issue a bit later likr TSGA and some will never understand it like Kachrawal.
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